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On Corrective Incentives

SteelyKid’s kindergarten teacher is big on incentives and prizes– there are a number of reward bags that get sent home with kids who excel in some particular area. I’m not entirely sure what’s in these, because SteelyKid hasn’t gotten any yet. This isn’t because she misbehaves– from all reports, she’s very good– but she’s in…

On Fear of Parental Perception

I almost killed the Pip last week. By accident, of course, but I do mean that literally. His day care was closed for the day, so I took him out to the store to avoid a freakout when Mommy left. I was heading into the store with him in one arm and a hot cup…

So Long, Summer

It’s Labor Day in the US, and due to a weird quirk of scheduling, for once I didn’t have to spend it at work. This is also the traditional end of the summer season, so SteelyKid and I went over to the JCC pool for one last dip and a final ice cream cone from…

Get to the Chopper!

We won a family pass to the Empire State Aerosciences Museum just across the river in Glenville, and since soccer was canceled for the holiday weekend, I took the kids over there this morning. They had a couple of their collection of decommissioned military aircraft open, including the Huey helicopter SteelyKid is thinking about co-piloting…

Early last year, we began marking SteelyKid’s height off on a door frame in the library. She occasionally demands a re-measurement, and Saturday was one of those days. Which made me notice that we now have a substantial number of heights recorded, and you know what that means: it’s time for a graph. The “featured…

Reading Begins With Siblings

The “featured image” above shows SteelyKid and The Pip checking out a couple of books at The Open Door during our weekly trip to the Schenectady Greenmarket. As cute as this is, though, the image can’t do justice to the full scenario. We were in the toy section looking for a birthday present for SteelyKid’s…

SteelyKid: I din’t eat all my lunch today, because I didn’t have time. Daddy: Uh-huh. SK: It’s true! I’m not even lying. D: Oh, I believe you didn’t eat all your lunch, don’t worry about that. SK: Ask Santa Claus if you think I’m lying. D: Santa Claus? SK: Yeah. Santa Claus actually can’t see…

260 Weeks

Long-time readers will remember that I used to do weekly kid-blogging, posting pictures of SteelyKid with a reference animal, Appa the sky-bison from the Avatar cartoon. I stopped a couple of years ago, because SteelyKid started being reluctant to pose for the pictures every week. I got her to pose for a few yesterday, though,…

Five! YEARS!

SteelyKid was born five years ago today. I’d try to be clever and schedule this for exactly five years to the minute of her time of birth, but I’ve mercifully forgotten exactly when the delivery was, only that it was early in the morning after a very, very long night. Here’s what she looked like…

SteelyPalooza!

SteelyKid turns five next Wednesday (F/X: “FIVE! YEARS!” like an incredulous Jeremy Piven in Grosse Point Blank), but we’re having her party today. This is a distinction we’ve worked hard to get across, and I expect to hear her explain to other kids and their parents about 39 times today (“It’s not my birthday today,…